The Carolina Hurricanes are living, skating, scoring proof that the lockout, salary cap and new rules all work. And now, they're Cup contenders. Scott Burnside takes a look at how the team has turned things around this season:
• Fans are back: Along with Carolina's climb in the standings, its fans have come back in huge numbers after the lockout season.
• Lightning Rod: Rod Brind'Amour had big shoes to fill, replacing the retired Ron Francis as Carolina's captain. Now, the 35-year-old veteran forward is having one of the best seasons of his career -- shocking to many, but not his teammates.
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